Thursday, March 18, 2010

The Bible Lesson time from last night

Mr. Phil's lesson last night was such a help to me as a mom that I wanted to pass on some of the verses he used and what he shared with the kids.  I plan on having our kids memorize these verses--that or I will quote them so often that they will memorize them by default!  Proverbs is so chock full of practical applications--Love that!!!

The lesson overall talked about controlling ourselves and our reaction to what happens in our lives.  Proverbs 29:11 says, "A fool gives full vent to his spirit, but a wise man quietly holds it back."  I think we all need this verse in our lives, but it really resonated well with our kids when Phil made the application to their every day lives with siblings or other people who can be frustrating.  Proverbs 20:3 says, "It is an honor for a man to keep aloof from strife, but every fool will be quarreling."  I'm personally thinking this is a perfect verse for talking back and always having to fuss with siblings (mind you...we never have this problem at our house, but you might find it helpful...yeah, right!!!) Phil used the example of Peter reacting without thinking when he cut off the servant's ear in the garden when they came to arrest Christ to show how foolishly we act when we act without stopping and thinking about it first.  Did Peter really think that he needed to protect Christ, the Creator of all things?!?

One thing that might help for you to know as you are driving with your children is that Phil also used the traffic lights as a reminder of how we should respond.  The red light means the first thing we should do before reacting is "Stop."  The yellow light reminds us to be cautious and think about what the Bible says we should do.  The green light is for when we go ahead and obey what the Bible says. You could bring this up and review these thoughts when you pass a traffic light this week.

One of my thoughts in sharing this with you is to let you know so you can reinforce these principles with your children throughout the week.  Hopefully it helps you as well  face "training times" with your children from a biblical perspective.  It's so helpful to have verses ready to give your children to point them to God and His Word rather than our "words of wisdom."

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